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Spirituality and Running Conversation Event

October 27, 2013 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


You are invited to the inaugural “Running and Spirituality Conversation” at 7pm on Sunday 27th October. Andrew Dodd will facilitate the night as we explore questions such as “Is running a spiritual experience? and “What does it mean to be ‘spiritual’?” We are in the middle of another running boom and this time around there is a lot of interest in running naturally, running barefoot and without distractions … getting back to our ancestral roots … and getting in touch with the natural world around us. Long distance runners seem to instinctively know there is far more to life than the material things the world has to offer (as good as these may be). The door seems to be open to the possibility of a spiritual dimension to running and life.

Christopher McDougall’s bestselling book,”Born to Run”, has introduced a new generation to the mysteries of long distance running and has challenged the previous generation with a whole new approach. Andrew Dodd was a product of the first world wide running boom in the 1970s and ran his first marathon – which included “hitting the wall” – at 16 and now thrity seven years later is about to line up for another one. Doddy is very happy to be part of the second running boom and last year threw away his chunky shoes, orthotics, poor running form and old injuries and started exploring natural running and consequently – and with the help of others – went minimalist and totally rebuilt his running form. But is seems there is far more to running than just pounding the pavement for mile after mile… barriers are broken down, conversations begin and over time the big questions are explored … and the runner’s “high” empowers.

Doddy is one of the volunteers and Run Directors of Newy parkrun and has been running since he was a paperboy making deliveries! For his day job he is the Pastor of Hamilton Baptist Church which is informal, interactive and engaged in the local community and supports a number of community development projects in Nepal.

A few people will be interviewed on the night but as it’s a “conversation” everyone who wants to can have a say, or ask questions. Interviewees include Stan Fetting, Silas Moss, Chris Hayes and Jess Stabler. Hopefully the night will be a conversation starter … with lots of food for thought and conversation starters for your next group run …..

This is a free event and a light supper including coffee will be available. There will be a donation box on a side-table – 100% of proceeds will go direct to community development projects in Nepal.


October 27, 2013
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Andrew Dodd


Hamilton Baptist Church
108 Lindsay St
Hamilton, NSW 2303 Australia
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